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Popp, James

Popp, James
Curriculum Coordinator for Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
  • Experimental high-energy physics
  • Proton beam delivery line design and development
  • Ultra-relativistic heavy ion collision physics
  • Relativistic plasma physics
  • Vacuum Science
  • Industrial physics
  • Materials Science
I am an experimental elementary particle physicist interested in developing techniques and equipment to probe new physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics. I am a founding collaborator of the Mu2e Experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL. This project is meant to test some of the most strongly-held conservation laws of nature: conservation of electron and muon number in particle interactions. I have a strong interest in finding practical applications for particle detector technologies. This has led me to join the Plasma Electro-Energetic Physics research group sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research; the focus of my work is to develop techniques doing cosmic ray muon tomography. Teaching physics at the graduate and undergraduate level is of particular importance to me, both in broadening and deepening my investigations, and mentoring future scientists.
Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Physics  1997 
MS  Northern Illinois University  Physics  1987 
BS  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Physics  1985 
BS  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Mathematics  1985